Refreshing a legendary site
A new look for Frost Farm
By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent | October 24. 2013 9:22PM
Barry Doubleday, of Clarke Painting Inc., paints a railing at the front entrance of the Robert Frost Farm home on Wednesday. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Painters were putting the finishing touches on the two-story building, barn and fence Wednesday. The work began at the start of October and should be completed in about a week, said Kurt Smith of Clarke Painting Inc. in Portland Maine.
"It's cool to be able repair a part of history," Smith said. "It always feels good when you get a tough job like this wrapped up because it's not necessarily huge in terms of area, but it is a lot of work."
The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development opened the project to bidding in the summer. Clarke submitted the lowest bid and was awarded the job that came in at just under $20,000 Smith said.
"You try to maintain that older New England look," Smith said. "You keep the rougher clapboards on there."
"There is a lot of work involved," Smith said
They were also required to paint the wood trim, eaves, rakes, door and window casings, and the front door that is facing main road Route 28 with a two-coat system of exterior latex gloss in white. The same system in a shade of green was to be used on the remaining doors and barn doors, according to the terms of the state project.
"They've been doing everything to keep it historical," Doubleday said.